Egusi Soup and Eba(Garri)

The main factor that sets Yoruba style egusi soup apart is the clumps of the egusi itself.  Other factors include : Use of  pepper base sauce and the presence of Locust beans.

Here is the Nigeria Yoruba style Egusi Soup Recipe


  • 1/4 cup Groundnut oil*
  • 3 table spoons palm oil
  • 1 cup egusi
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup pepper sauce
  • 2 Bouillon cubes (Maggi)
  • 1 Tablespoon Crayfish
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon locust beans
  • 1/4 cup Ede (Dried shrimps) (Optional)
  • Precooked meat and fish of choice



Combine  the egusi with 2 table spoons of water, mix until you have a thick paste

Set a medium sized pot on medium heat, add in the groundnut oil. With a teaspoon, ball up the egusi mixture and drop into the oil. fry for 3 minutes.

Add 11/2 cups of water into the fried egusi, cover and bring to a rolling boil.

Break up the egusi clump into smaller bite size pieces.

Add in the all other ingredients apart from the palm oil. Cover and simmer on medium heat for 10-12mins.

Stir the egusi carefully, taste and adjust for salt. Add in the palm oil, simmer for another 8mins.

Serve your egusi with Amala, Eba, White rice or pounded Yam. Enjoy!!!